Apple fritters are the official taste of Thurston County.

Teaming with the famous Ice Chips grannies, the Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater Visitor & Convention Bureau offered up three rock candy flavors to a public vote to determine which would represent Thurston County. The winning flavor reveal was part of the launch of the visitor bureau’s new brand — “Experience Olympia and Beyond” — the culmination of a year and a half-long project that involved extensive research with both visitors and locals.

“We set out to uncover what was already in the hearts and minds of our locals and visitors,” said Shauna Stewart, executive director of the OLTVCB. “We wanted to know how visitors perceive the destination. What we found is that we are a mindfully crafted destination with one-of-a-kind experiences, and that’s because of the passionate, remarkable people we have in this community.”

The Ice Chips grannies helped announce the winning flavor last week at the VCB’s annual State of Tourism meeting.

“The handcrafted taste of Lattin’s (Country Cider Mill and Farm) Apple Fritters and their award-winning cider is just one of the one-of-a-kind experiences that visitors and locals can have in Thurston County,” Stewart said.